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House Republicans and Democrats Get Testy

Anita Kumar

After three days of bickering during the special session on transportation, legislators are starting to dispense with the niceties.

In debating a bill at the Rules Committee this morning, Del. R. Steven Landes (R-Augusta) started to use the term "Democrat friends" when he was quickly interrupted.

"Excuse me, did he say Democrat?'' House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong (D-Henry) asked. "I believe it's Democratic."

Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) defended Landes. "Friends was the important word,'' he said.

"Actually grammar matters. Sorry, Mr. Speaker," Del. Kristen J. Amundson (D-Fairfax) said.

When Landes resumed talking, he stayed away from the word and used the safer term "friends from the other side" instead.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 26, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Transportation  
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